Target creature is unblockable this turn.
Flashback U (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)
Looks pretty good actually. I'd put in a few more control cards..
Hedron Crab could be handled better. I recommend Polluted Delta, Evolving Wilds, Dimir Aqueduct, or some Oboro, Palace in the Clouds. These will let you make 'landfall' every turn or even DOUBLE 'landfall'!
If you're feeling fancy Mindcrank can make your attacks turn into mill.. It's not super efficient but when combined with Duskmantle Guildmage you get an infinite mill/kill combo. + is another instant kill.. Sure you've gotta spend six mana but who cares?
You can save a little deck space by replacing Artful Dodge with Rogue's Passage? I'm actually a big fan of Essence Harvest. Heals you, you still get to attack, and it deals direct damage. It's a sexy card.
I'm a huge fan of mill so please check out my deck Arkham as well as my many other mill decks
Some stuff you could do:
Some other cards that would fit well into this deck:
this deck is still far too dependent on spells. Delver of Secrets Flip, unoriginal as that may sound, is a POWERHOUSE. you don't need Artful Dodge when you have Distortion Strike, and Spell Snare doesn't counter the two best removal spells in modern, Path to Exile and Lightning Bolt. I kinda like Mana Leak.
This looks like it would be a lot of fun to play! I keep meaning to make a pauper EDH deck, just haven't settled on a commander. A couple suggestions I would make for this, though, would be Artful Dodge and Firefright Mage just to add some ways to easily get your damage through. You might also look into adding Archaeomancer/Izzet Chronarch/Mnemonic Wall, though I know you probably don't want to thin out your instant/sorcery count too much
Similar thing stands, if you block with a creature then the creature is removed after it's declared as a blocker then the creature it is blocked will still be blocked and not deal any combat damage to the player unless they have trample.
Personally I rather Spell Pierce as you're trying to win rather quickly so the 2 mana typically won't be open for the opponent, although the meta is shifting more to U/R delver and the Jeskai Ascendancy combo still seems to be semi-popular, spell pierce hits the Ascendancy but Dispel is better in counter wars to ensure your stuff sticks but it is no better than Spell Pierce during the first 2-3 turns. I'm still unsure of where I'm sitting on this.
Ponder is one of my favourite magic cards, I think it's just too good.
Affinity was the first Pauper deck I properly looked into after a guy at my local called "Stan" was running it and started wrecking folk, it's pretty good and damn fun, identically you dump artifact lands then cast free affinity creatures followed by either turning them all right or +
You can also cast Kiln Fiend, Rift Bolt then when you untap and Kiln Fiend isn't summoning sick you can swing and get a free +3/0 all thanks the the last turns rift bolt, same kinda thing with distortion strike.
Hhmm, I thought you could cast instants in response to declaring blockers but guess I was thinking of removal, not unblockability. Oh well, I will have to cast them as de facto sorceries...
Yeah, I don't see either Teetering Peaks (the fiend and the cyclops would not get their +3 boost) or Terramorphic Expanse (deck thinning effects are proven to be negligible in aggro decks focusing on the first turns)... and the cycling lands are likely never to be used to cycle as my current mana base is so tight... maybe some land giving 2 colorless mana?
Funny I forgot about Mutagenic Growth and Titan's Strength given that I have a Modern Infect deck and a Standard Red Deck Wins! I think Brute Force might be better as the deck already packs a lot of library manipulation and the Titan does not boost toughness as much. As for Mutagenic, I can't see what to take out to squeeze it, but a +5/+2 for free is nice... same goes for Needle Drop, but I agree it is interesting...
Fireblast is imo too risky outside mono-red...
Chain Lightning OK, I just included it shortly before our comments.
Tormenting Voice seems worse imo than Treasure Cruise (nearly an Ancestral Recall midgame, with so many 1-drop sorceries and instants), and Faithless Looting is to consider, but for now I prefer Ponder and Preordain, and I also own 2x Brainstorm I should playtest (although for me the best effect of Brainstorm is shuffling via cracking a fetchland or similar...)
Great card discussion! thanks!
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|Avg. draft pick||11.51|
|Avg. cube pick||13.35|
|Commander / EDH||Legal|